"My latest two offers are from Alabama and Miami," Dean told JCFootball.com. "I went up to Alabama and worked out there for coach (Nick) Saban and the DB coach (Derrick Ansley) and they liked what they saw and they called me and offered me a couple of days later.
"Miami hadn't really been recruiting me at all, but they said they watched my film and they wanted to offer me because they need a corner to come in and contribute right away because they are losing a couple of guys."
As a freshman last season, Dean worked his way into the Buccaneers' secondary rotation and finished with 18 tackles and nine pass breakups.
"I can play on either side -- boundary or open side -- but I prefer to be on the side where it's one-on-one," Dean said. "I am really good in press coverage because I am a physical corner and I have good speed and I am good at mirroring the receiver.
"This summer, my main focus is in my off-coverage. I want to be better at reading routes and coming out of my backpedal better and then breaking on passes. I am already pretty good at that, but I definitely want to get better at it and be better at making plays on the ball."
Coming out of South Dade High School in Homestead, Florida, Dean ended up signing with Cincinnati, but he was unable to get qualified.
"They are the ones who placed me here at Blinn," Dean recalled. "I can totally see the benefit of coming here. The coaching is great and the competition here is the best in the country. I think it is setting me up for my next step."
When that next step comes is anyone's guess, but Dean will not finish up his two-year degree until May and he will have three years to play two following the 2016 football season.